Next Meeting:

Monday 5th July

Climate Change
Evening Discussion Meeting – online at 5.30pm
Sponsored by Met Office

Last Meeting:

Monday 7th June

Natural Capital Initiative
Evening Discussion Meeting – online at 5.30pm

Future Programme

Meetings of the Committee are open to all members of both Houses of Parliament, but attendance from outside Parliament is restricted to representatives of member organisations.

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The next scheduled meetings of the Committee will be:

Monday 5th July

Climate Change
Evening Discussion Meeting – online at 5.30pm
Sponsored by Met Office

Monday 13th September

‘Mathematical modelling and algorithms’ – provisional
Evening Discussion Meeting
Sponsored by IMA

Tuesday 12th October

Neurological topic
Evening Discussion Meeting
Sponsored by BNA

Monday 8th November

COP 26
Evening Discussion Meeting
Sponsored by NPL

Tuesday 16th November

Annual Lunch – provisional

Monday 29th November

Evening Discussion Meeting
Sponsored by the Nuffield Council

Monday 6th December

STEM for Britain awards

Recent Meetings and Events

2021

Monday 7th June

Natural Capital Initiative
Evening Discussion Meeting – online at 5.30pm

Monday 17th May

‘What is the role of science in delivering the Government’s plan to ‘Build Back Better’?

Discussion Meeting – online at 10.30

Sponsored by Physiological Society

Monday 12th April

Quantum Technologies
Evening Discussion Meeting – online at 5.30pm
Sponsored by UKRI Innovate UK

Tue 16th March

Annual General Meeting
Held online on Tuesday 16th March 2021 at 12.30 pm

Mon 15th March

Ask the Experts briefing on COVID19
Evening Discussion Meeting – online at 5.30pm

Organised jointly by the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society.

Mon 15th February

‘Sector Deals for SMEs’
Online Discussion Meeting

Monday 1st February

‘What does the UK-EU Deal mean for Science?’
Discussion Meeting – online at 11:00am

Monday 18th January

‘UK telecommunications and infrastructure’
Evening Discussion Meeting – online at 5.30pm

2020

Mon 7th Dec 2020. 10:30 – 12:00

Online Discussion Meeting
‘Autonomous Transport’
Sponsored by kind permission of The Physiological Society

Mon 23rd Nov 2020 – 11:00pm – 12:30pm

Online Discussion Meeting
‘‘Global perspectives: How UK and international researchers are working together to tackle COVID-19 across developing countries’
Sponsored by UKRI

Mon 9th Nov 2020 – 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Online Discussion Meeting
‘Preparing for the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on older people?’
Sponsored by kind permission of The Physiological Society

Mon 26th Oct 2020 – 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Online Discussion Meeting
‘Sources, health benefits and global challenges of protein’
Sponsored by kind permission of the Nutrition Society

Mon 12th October – 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Mon 12th October – 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Online Discussion meeting
‘Racial Inequality in the UK Science Community’

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Ijeoma Uchegbu
Rachel Oliver
Dawn Edge

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Meeting Report – Racial Inequality in the UK Science Community

Mon 28th Sep – 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Online Discussion Meeting
‘Science Education – supporting the UK as a science superpower’
Sponsored by kind permission of STEM Learning UK Ltd

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Baroness Brown
Donald Morrison

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28-09-20 – Science Education – Supporting the UK as a Science Superpower – Report – C Hall

Monday 14 September, 5.30pm

‘Non-Malignant Cancers, Precision Medicine and Genome Mapping’
Mon 14th Sep – 5:30pm – 7:00pm – Held Online

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Karthik Ramasamy
Ines Cebola
Ian Frayling

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Report – Non-Malignant Cancers, Precision Medicine and Genome Mapping

Monday 29 June, 5.30pm

‘Covid-19 – The Statistics and the Science Underlying them’
29th June 2020 – held online –

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Jo Martin – Pathology and Statistics
Sylvia Richardson – COVID-19 BSU Overview
Oliver Johnson – Population density and Spread

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29-06-20 – Covid-19 – The Statistics and the Science underlying them – Report – C Hall

Monday 30 March, 5.30pm

Discussion Meeting ‘Autonomous Vehicles’

Monday 9 March

STEM for Britain 2020

Monday 24 February, 5.30pm – Grimond Room, Portcullis House.

Discussion Meeting – In partnership with the Institute of Acoustics

‘Noise, Sound and Acoustics’

The meeting will look at the profession of acoustics and consider some of the current policy challenges relating to effective management of noise Read More…

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24-02-20 – Noise – Sound and Acoustics – Report – C Hall

Monday 13th January 2020, 5.00pm – Grimond Room, Portcullis House

Annual General Meeting

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2019

Monday 14th October, 5.30pm – Grimmond Room, Portcullis House

Monday 9th September, 5.30pm – Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

Monday 8th July, 5.30pm – Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

Monday 20th May, 5.30pm – Palace of Westminster

“Fashion and the Throw-Away Society”

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Monday 25th March, 5.30pm – Palace of Westminster

“Nutritional Challenges for a growing and ageing population”
(This will be held in partnership with the Nutrition Society)

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Monday 25th February, 5.30pm – Palace of Westminster

“Biological and Chemical threats – What did we learn from Salisbury”

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Monday 21st January, 5.30pm – Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

2018

Tuesday 4th December, 5.30pm – Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

The Meeting will consider current issues for scientific research and innovation arising from Brexit.

POSTPONED

Monday 12th November, 5.30pm – Grimmond Room, Portcullis House

The topic for this Discussion Meeting is meeting major public infrastructure projects – ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’
How should we judge success, and how can we learn from and avoid failure? This meeting will consider examples of major infrastructure projects and the lessons to be learned from them. Our Speakers will include Sir Terry Morgan CBE, Chair of Crossrail.

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Wednesday 17th October, 9.30-12:00 – Attlee Suite, Portcullis House

“What does science and innovation need from a future immigration system?”

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Monday 10th September, 5:30pm – Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

Monday 10th September, 4:30pm – Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

Monday 16th July – Natural History Museum

“Digitisation, Open Data & Digital Partnerships”

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“DeWorm3”

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Monday 18th June, 5.30pm – Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

“Science and Social Behaviour”

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Monday 23rd April, 5.30pm – Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

“Into the deep – discovering our oceans”

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Monday 5th March

“Revolutionising Cancer Detection and Treatment”

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Monday 15th January

2017

Tuesday 5th December

“Science and Food Manufacturing”

Tuesday 21st November

Annual Lunch

Tuesday 10th October

“How research and innovation issues are being considered in Brexit negotiations”

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Science Innovation and Brexit Meeting Summary

Monday 19th June

“What can we gain from Space Research?”

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Monday 24th April

Thursday 16th March

“Holes – What use are they?”

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Monday 20th February

“Why can’t we have good Broadband now?”

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Monday 16th January

“Disruptive Technologies”

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2016

Monday 12th December

“Science and Warfare?”

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Wednesday 23rd November

Annual Lunch

Monday 14th November

“Will new methods of power generation keep the lights on?”

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Monday 10th October

Monday 10th October

“Radiotherapy: Cancer treatment of the past or future?”

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Monday 18th July

“What are we going to do about plastics?”

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Monday 27th June

“Is the Haldane Principle still fit for purpose?”

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Tuesday 24th May

“Is our air fit to breathe?”

Tuesday 19th April

“Science and Security”

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Thursday 10th March

“National Science Week Seminar”
What are we doing about Zika?

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You can download the Zika meeting summary

here, and the briefing here.

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics published a short briefing note online last month on ethical considerations relating to Zika and possible public health interventions. The note is available to download at the Nuffield Bioethics website here: Zika Ethical Considerations

Tuesday 23rd February, 17.30

“How safe is Pathogen Research?”
Discussion Meeting

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Tuesday 19th January, 17.30

“Is Flood Management an Oxymoron?”
Discussion Meeting

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2015

Tuesday 8th December

“Drones and how to control them”

Tuesday 17th November

Annual Lunch

Sir Paul Nurse
President of the Royal Society; Director and Chief Executive of the Francis Crick Institute

Thursday 5th November

The Big Bang @ Parliament

Tuesday 3rd November

“Are we looking after our soil?”

Helen Browning OBE, Chief Executive, Soil Association
Chris Collins, Professor of Environmental Chemistry, University of Reading
Dr Jacqueline Hannam, Cranfield University; the British Soil Science Society

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Tuesday 13th October

“Patient Safety”

Dr Janet Anderson, Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing, King’s College, London
Dr Jocelyn Cornwell, Chief Executive, Point of Care Foundation
Professor Sarah Sharples, Professor of Human Factors, University of Nottingham

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Tuesday 14th July

“NANOTECHNOLOGY – Is It Safe and Useful?”
Professor Andrew Fisher
Director, London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL (from 1st October 2015)
Professor Milo Shaffer
Professor of Materials Chemistry, Imperial College London
Professor Alex Orlov
Stonybrook, USA and Cambridge, England

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Tuesday 16th June

THE FUTURE OF ROAD TRANSPORT
“Electric Cars” – The Lord Borwick
“Driverless Cars” – Rob Wallis, Chief Executive Officer, Transport Research Laboratory
“Road Transport and Cities” – Steve Yianni, Chief Executive Officer, Transport Systems Catapult

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Thursday 19th March, 9.15am

LIGHT – British Science Week Seminar
Star Light – Dr Rob Massey, Royal Astronomical Society

Photonics and Communication – Professor Sir David Payne, University of Southampton

Light Emitting Diodes – Professor Sir Colin Humphreys, University of Cambridge

Illumination for Africa – Susie Wheeldon, Solar Aid
Illuminating light in medical diagnostics and treatment – Elizabeth Benson, King’s College Hospital; Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine and Dr John Allen, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle

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Monday 9th March from 12pm

SET for BRITAIN – poster competition and exhibition

www.setforbritain.org.uk

Tuesday 24th February, 5.30pm

A SCIENCE LEGACY FOR THE NEXT PARLIAMENT – discussion meeting
Speakers:
The Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, Professor of Palliative Medicine Cardiff University School of Medicine
Andrew Miller MP, Chair, House of Commons, Science and Technology Select Committee

Tuesday 20th January, 5.30pm

THE FUTURE OF LIFE SCIENCES IN THE UK – discussion meeting
Speakers:
Doris-Ann Williams MBE, British In Vitro Diagnostics Association
Professor Guy Poppy, University of Southampton; Chief Scientific Adviser, Food Standards Agency
Dr Malcolm Skingle CBE, Director, Academic Liaison, GlaxoSmithKline plc

2014

Tuesday 9th December, 5.30pm

DEMENTIA – discussion meeting
Speakers:
Professor Martin Knapp, London School of Economics
Professor Alistair Burns, University of Manchester
Dr Simon Ridley, Head of Research, Alzheimer’s Research UK

Wednesday 26th November

Annual Lunch
Guest Speaker:
The Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister

Tuesday 18th November, 8.30am

“Energy Storage”
Speakers:
Dr Jonathan Radcliffe
Centre for Low Carbon Futures, University of Birmingham
Professor Toby Peters
Dearman Engine Company

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(Members only)

Tuesday 11th November

75th Anniversary Reception at Buckingham Palace

The reception was reported in the Court Circular in the Times and Daily Telegraph on 12th November

Tuesday 4th November, 8.30am

EBOLA VIRUS – AN UPDATE
Panel Discussion:
Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, England
Professor John Edmunds, Dean of Faculty, Epidemiology and Population Health,
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Dr Christine McCartney
Director of Microbiology, Public Health England
Dr Andrew Simpson
Public Health England
Dr Huw Taylor
Professor of Microbial Ecology, University of Brighton

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(Members only)

Tuesday 21st October, 5.30pm

“DOES THE UK HAVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE IT NEEDS?”
Speakers:
Nick Baveystock, Director General, Institution of Civil Engineers
Professor Brian Collins, Professor of Engineering Policy, UCL

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Tuesday 15th July, 5.30pm

“A LEVELS”
Dr Sarah Main
Director, Campaign for Science and Engineering
Professor Ian Haines
Executive Secretary, UK Deans of Science
Dr Michelle Meadows
Director of Research and Evaluation, Ofqual

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Tuesday 17th June, 5.30pm

“Did we realise our potential?”
Celebrating 20 years of the mission led Research Councils
Speakers: Professor David Lane, Director, Ocean Systems Laboratory, Heriot-Watt University
Professor Dek Woolfson, School of Chemistry, Bristol University
Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt FREng, Web and Internet Science Research Group, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, University of Southampton

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Tuesday 8th April, 9.00am

“Hydraulic Fracturing”
Professor Richard Davies BSc PhD FGS, Dean of Knowledge Exchange and Impact, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Durham; Huw Clarke, Senior Geoscientist, Cuadrilla Resources Ltd

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Thursday 20th March, 9.45am

National Science and Engineering Week Seminar – Marine Science
“Deep Sea Marine Biodiversity”: Dr Brian Bett (National Oceanography Centre, Southampton)
“The Role of the Ocean in Securing Sustainable Food for 9 Billion People”: Professor Manuel Barange (Plymouth Marine Laboratory)
The Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science
“Mining the Sea Bed”: Dr Stefan Kapusniak (Mining Business Manager, Soil Machine Dynamics)
“Marine Renewables”: Dr Paul Bell (National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool)
“Ocean Acidification : The Silent Storm”: Dr Carol Turley (Plymouth Marine Laboratory)
“Natural Hazards and Sea Level Rise”: Dr Kevin Horsburgh (National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool)

Monday 17th March, 12.15pm – 9.00pm

SET for Britain – Poster Competition and Exhibition

Tuesday 25 February 5.30 pm Discussion Meeting – How do we Value our Natural Capital?Addresses by
Julian Harlow, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Professor Rosemary Hails MBE, Centre for Hydrology and Ecology
Professor Brett Day, University of East Anglia

Tues-Thurs 11th-13th March

Oceanology International Exhibition

Tuesday 25th February, 5.30pm

Discussion Meeting
“How do we Value our Natural Capital?”
Addresses by
Julian Harlow, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Professor Rosemary Hails MBE, Centre for Hydrology and Ecology
Professor Brett Day, University of East Anglia

Tuesday 21st January, 5.30pm

Discussion Meeting – Badgers
Addresses by
Adam Quinney, Vice President, NFU
Professor Christl Donnelly, Professor of Statistical Epidemiology, Imperial College London
Professor Rosie Woodroffe, Institute of Zoology

2013

Tuesday 10th December, 5.30pm

Discussion Meeting – Sub-Sea Mining
Addresses by
Mary Vayou, BMT Group Ltd
Mike Jones, Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd
Daniel Brutto, Director, Marine Ecological Surveys Ltd

Tuesday 19th November, 5.30pm

Discussion Meeting – An Immigration Policy for Science
Addresses by
Philip Duffy, Home Office
Professor Ian Haines, UK Deans of Science
Ian Robinson, Fragomen

Tuesday 5th November

Annual Lunch

Monday 4th November 1.00pm – 3.00pm

The Big Bang at Parliament with Engineering UK

Tuesday 22nd October, 5.30pm

Discussion Meeting – Smart Buildings
Dr Deborah A Pullen, Group Research Director, Building Research Establishment
Professor Doug King FREng, Chief Scientific and Engineering Advisor. Building Research Establishment; Principal, Doug King Consulting Ltd, Visiting Professor, University of Bath
Dr Martyn Thomas FREng CBE, Vice-President, Royal Academy of Engineering

Tuesday 9th July, 5.30pm

Discussion Meeting – The Importance of Bees

Tuesday 11th June, 4.30pm

Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 11th June, 5.00pm

Discussion Meeting – Antibiotics

Tuesday 14th May, 5.30pm

Discussion Meeting – Water Purity

Tuesday 23rd April, 5.30pm

Discussion Meeting – Skills

Thursday 21st March, 10.00am

National Science and Engineering Week Seminar: Speed

Monday 18th March, 12.30pm – 20.30pm

SET for BRITAIN Poster Competition and Exhibition

Wednesday 13th March, 3.00pm

Discussion meeting – How much Food testing do we need?

Tuesday 26th February, 5.30pm

Discussion Meeting – Space Weather

Tuesday 22nd January, 5.30pm

Discussion Meeting – Commercialisation of Research